I belong to
a very festive club. Any
excuse for a
get together and our members are there.
With this in mind (and because we travelled
all the way to Durban)
we get together
one last time before the big race, the Comrades
hubby, usually books a local restaurant and we all meet there at the
time. What follows
is a festive
breakfast with last minute advice and instruction.
crews and families are also present and they make their
own plans for
supporting and seconding the next day.
This team breakfast knocks off a few hours of
the day. Before we
leave we usually take some group
photos before saying goodbye to our club mates who we will hopefully
with at some point during the race the following day.
happens! We all go
mode. The rest of
the day is usually
spent preparing our running gear, pinning on race numbers, stocking up
the goody bag,
mixing muti (if you are into
that stuff) and basically ensuring everything is in place for the next
day. I chill by
with my feet up. As
the Comrades marathon
is now run on a
Sunday, there is usually some sporting event on TV and we pop
down to the
local pub to watch. Since
we are not
planning on winning the race, we may indulge in a beer or two. It helps with the relaxation.
prepare an early meal for supper (sometimes it’s a braai) and may have
or a glass of wine with said meal.
Don't eat anything 'dodge' for supper! Part
of my night before routine is to read through the race brochure and
as a last minute “brushing up” or “revision” for what is to come the
my cell phone alarm
and my running watch
It does help when sharing accommodation as
you are less likely to oversleep as your fellow occupants will
you! I ‘remind’
myself to relax
and that it is important to get a
good night’s sleep. It
seems to work for
me! I guess I’m
one of those folk who battle to fall asleep, just try and relax as best you
have found some good homeopathic stuff on the market that works well
promoting healthy sleeping patterns.
bottom line is to try not to change your normal Saturday routine
different to what you are used to doing is more likely to leave you
in the evening and throughout the night.
Key words: Comrades marathon,
the day before,
support crew, running watch
links: Official Comrades